Apps like Pinterest.
That’s what we need.
Social media monetization used to be so easy. People would smack a product pin on Pinterest and rake in the sales.
Social media marketers are finding marketing on Pinterest and other social media sites increasingly difficult.
What happened to Pinterest?
Due to Pinterest’s changing algorithms and its desire to be a search engine as well as a pretty place to curate content, social media marketers need other avenues, other apps like Pinterest, where they can market their products and services.
Millions of people are on social media sites. Billions of people are on Facebook and Instagram combined.
As a result, the potential for social media monetization at those sites is abundantly clear.
How do you market on those sites to get people to buy from you?
That is the subject of this post.
This post will explain how you can make money on Pinterest.
This post will also show how to make money using other apps like Pinterest along with showing you some monetization tricks.
This post offers social media marketing tips for the following social media sites:
Let’s get started and discover how these social apps can make you money.
How to Make Money On Pinterest
Are you an affiliate?
I will show you a trick to increase your affiliate sales on Pinterest.
People are busy, right?
I’m going to show you a trick that will save people a step. If it’s quicker for them to buy, they are more likely to buy.
Let’s use me as an example.
I am an affiliate of KWFinder and other companies.
Many bloggers write positive reviews of a product they believe in and then they include their affiliate link (after including a disclaimer that the post contains affiliate links.)
I include a graphic with my review as I do all my blog posts. I make sure the dimensions are perfect so after publication, I can send the pin to Pinterest to advertise my post.
When interested potential customers over at Pinterest see my pin and click on it, the link attached to the graphic takes them to my article. From there, people have to read the article where I hope they’ll click on my affiliate link.
This social media monetization trick saves them a step.
I am going to edit the link in my pin in my How to Use KWFinder review so it leads directly to KWFinder where I will get paid affiliate income if people sign up with my link. Otherwise, the pin at Pinterest will take them to my post.
Let’s save them a step.
When you click on your graphic, a pencil appears. Click it so you can edit your graphic.
When you click “Link to,” a dropdown menu will appear. Click “Custom Link.”
Copy your affiliate link and then paste it where directed.
Make sure you click Save.
Pinterest Product Pins
Have you ever seen a Pinterest product pin? This is what it looks like.
You need to apply to use Pinterest product pins.
Social Media Monetization with 4 Apps Like Pinterest
Pinterest is not the only social media site in the world. There are many other apps like Pinterest.
As a matter of fact, in a 2018 interview, 50 experts were asked the best free social media apps, and most of their answers were Twitter and Instagram. These sites and all the sites in this post have great monetization potential.
How to Make Money on Facebook
Many people use Facebook ads to monetize.
People also use live and recorded Facebook video ads to monetize.
For example, you can make a video using Facebook Live and promote your products.
Blogger Ryan Biddulph promotes many of his ebooks this way. He makes a video about the content of the book and holds the book in the video while he talks so viewers can see the cover. Pictures are engaging.
I’m thinking of turning my ebooks into paperbacks so I can hold them during promotional videos.
Here’s how to make a live video on Facebook:
Go to Facebook.com. Click on your profile picture. Click Live Video.
How to Monetize Your Facebook Page:
The beauty of having a Facebook page is you can promote whatever you want without seeming spammy.
Promote your offers, giveaways, optins, ebooks…
How to Make Money with Facebook Groups
Facebook groups offer you the ability to do anything, even make money.
Follow these tips and you can make money without looking like a spammer.
On Mondays, Julie Christine Stoian’s group Living the Laptop Lifestyle has a #PromoMonday thread. Julie let you promote up to two links in the thread. Link to your ebooks for sale on Amazon or anything else you want to monetize.
Raelyn Tan’s group Turbo Blogging and Business offers a #PromoTuesday thread. Like with Julie’s group, Raelyn lets you promote whatever you want.
How to Make Money on Twitter
Tweet your offer with a cool graphic. Many people accompany their offer with the hashtag #Promo.
Tweet your ebook link. As we get close to holidays, I used holiday-related hashtags to tweet that ebooks make a great gift. As I write this in late May, #FathersDayGift and #FathersDay2019 are already being used as tweets.
Pin your ebook link with a tweet to the top of your Twitter Profile. Although it’s not my most recently published ebook, my blogging tips ebook sits on the top of my Twitter profile.
It’s my “pinned tweet” since it’s pinned to the top of my profile. At the time of this writing, 320 people retweeted my book promotion for me getting me added exposure.
How to Make Money on LinkedIn
I have made money using LinkedIn. Here is how I did it.
This is my LinkedIn profile. Typing these words into the search bar could bring up my profile for people looking for a blogging tips coach.
Clients have told me they found me this way.
Also, testimonials from previously happy clients are valuable in generating more business. Make sure you get testimonials from happy clients and customers and place them on your LinkedIn profile.
How to Make Money on Instagram
Do you want to know how to monetize Instagram?
Instagram, like all these others, is a free app.
There are many ways to market your products and services on this popular site counting over one billion users.
Use live and recorded videos.
Many people use IGTV. They make live videos and promote your products and services. You can do the same in an Instagram Story in a recorded video. There are apps that let you divide your video so it’s longer than the Story maximum– 15 seconds.
You can also put a video in an Instagram post.
Many free and premium tools exist you can use to make Instagram video. For example, you can turn your Instasize video into a square shape for perfect posting on your Instagram feed.
Many people find an influencer and collaborate.
This will increase your exposure depending on the size of the influencer’s following.
On Saturday, the @IbrandYourBiz account lets you promote whatever you want to market. Favour, the account admin, calls Saturday “Market Day” since you can market whatever you want. Since Favour has 37,000 Instagram followers, that would greatly increase your exposure.
Use Instagram Story templates
To my delight, I sold books on Instagram without spending a penny on advertising.
Using this template from Unfold, I advertised two of my books by placing their cover graphics in the template.
I placed the template in my Instagram Story. With over 10,000 followers, you’re allowed a “Swipe Up” link. I linked to Amazon where people could buy my books. I included a GIF that read, “Swipe Up” as a Call to Action.
Sell Your Instagram Account:
You can also earn money on Instagram by selling your Instagram account.
If you check a site like Fame Swap, you’ll see some of the accounts are selling for thousands upon thousands of dollars.
Wrapping Up: Social Media Monetization with Pinterest and Apps Like Pinterest
Of all the apps mentioned here, Facebook and Twitter are the two I use the most to draw attention to my brand. Between the two, my Twitter account develops into more financial opportunities.
I’m sure you use apps for iPhone and apps for Android. Now you know even the best apps can make you money.
I have an iOS device. I love these free iPhone apps. How to make money with social apps: the best Iphone tips.
I’m sure there are many additional ways to make money using Pinterest and popular apps like Pinterest. For example, these apps are cross platform. You can promote your content on these social media sites on additional social media sites.
Also, use each of these as a messaging app and you’ll add the personal touch which is an important monetization strategy.
Next, each of these work as an iPad app as well.
This post detailed the ways I made money using Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Did you notice I didn’t have to spend a penny to make money?
Now that you’ve read this post, you can make money without paying to advertise also!
You can find these apps at the App Store.
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Readers, are there are any social media monetization tips you can suggest?
Are there additional ways to make money with these social media sites? Are there any other sites you’ve monetized?
Please share your experiences in the comment section.